One of the most exciting voices working in genre filmmaking today is director Ben Wheatley. From Down Terrace, his intriguing debut, to Kill List, which ranked among our favorite horror movies since 2000, Wheatley has shown a knack for blending the wickedly funny with the flat-out wicked. His next feature looks to continue the hot streak, adapting J.G. Ballard’s New Wave novel, High-Rise. Taking up residence in the ’70s-set sci-fi flick is a starry cast including Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, and Jeremy Irons. Our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky caught an early preview of the film back at TIFF, and he called it one of the highlights of the fest.
High-Rise moves into Chicago theaters on May 13, but The A.V. Club and Magnolia Pictures have an opportunity for you to see it for free on May 10. For your chance to win a pair of passes to the advance screening, simply follow the link here and enter your information. Remember: Advance screenings are often intentionally overbooked, so be sure to arrive early if you want to guarantee yourself a seat. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss); and Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.”